Vince Carter Was Impressed with the Dunk Contest, Told Zach LaVine 'Great Show'

Katie RichcreekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2016

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Vince Carter #15 of the Toronto Raptors soars for a dunk during the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest on February 12, 2000 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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One of the most revered dunkers of all time had to tip his hat to Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon for their display at the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Memphis Grizzlies guard and the storied 2000 dunk contest winner Vince Carter essentially raved to James Herbert of CBS Sports about the spectacle the pair of second-years put on in Toronto last weekend.

"It was entertaining," Carter told Herbert. "I was like, OK. There's been a couple where my daughter, who was young at the time, she's like 'Daddy, this is not good.' But that's what the fans want, they want to see entertainment. The ooh, ahh, that's what you want. And it was great."

Carter was so impressed by the showing he made a point to congratulate LaVine after the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, telling the repeat champ "great show."  

That he even watched the competition speaks to the quality of performances the Timberwolves and Orlando Magic sophomores put together, according to what the Toronto Raptors legend told Herbert.

Carter apparently never watches the contest live anymore, if at all. But the chatter surrounding LaVine and Gordon's showdown was enough to spark curiosity.

Although he declined to put the 2016 contest in historical perspective, he did admit he wasn't even thinking about the "stuff they're doing now" back in his day.

"I mean, I wasn't thinking about jumping over a person now or back then," he said. "It just happened to happen."

[CBS Sports]